Turkey's Erdogan calls Israel’s Netanyahu 'butcher of Gaza'
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Wednesday branded Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu "the butcher of Gaza" and accused him of spawning anti-Semitism across the world.
"Netanyahu has already written his name in history as the butcher of Gaza," Erdogan said in nationally televised remarks in parliament.
Erdogan has lashed out repeatedly at Israel for the scale of death and destruction caused by its barbaric war against Palestinians in Gaza.
During a pro-Palestinian rally in Istanbul on Saturday, Erdogan said his country will introduce Israel to the world as a “war criminal” and occupier”.
He recently described the Israel regime as a "terrorist state" and said Hamas was a “resistance group".
"Netanyahu is endangering the security of all Jews in the world by supporting anti-Semitism with the murders he committed in Gaza."
Israel launched the war on Gaza on October 7 after the Palestinian resistance movement Hamas waged the surprise Operation Al-Aqsa Storm against the occupying entity in response to the Israeli regime's decades-long campaign of bloodletting and devastation against Palestinians.
A four-day truce took effect on Friday to allow the delivery of humanitarian aid to Gaza after seven weeks of unrelenting bombardment. The regime and Hamas agreed to extend it for two more days on Monday.
According to the Gaza-based health ministry, so far over 15,000 Palestinians have been killed in Israeli strikes, most of them women and children.